The clean up before "Sandy"

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Neighbors bring debris to the roll-off dumpster at Whitelock and Brookfield (10/27/12)

In the pre-diluvian times of last Saturday 10/27/12, we knew rain was coming but we didn't know just how much it would be. In any case, it was the Mayor's Fall Clean Up and we were ready to work. If you thought that we were done shoveling dirt, cleaning up weeds, and pulling rocks out of mounds of debris, think again!  In fact, we were so busy working we missed the Mayor's press conference announcing that Reservoir Hill was one of the winners of the Community Clean Up Competition!

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Reservoir Hill Community  Garden members clear vines from the garden fence (10/27/12)

Over the course of the day, about 20 residents were joined by several dozen more students from Johns Hopkins University President's Day of Service to prepare community garden beds for winter, weed at Whitelock Community Farm, pull even more debris out of the South Lots, and begin clearing the vacant lot at Brooks Ln. and Linden Ave.

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Volunteers load plant debris into the roll-off dumpster (10/27/12)

In case you missed us on Saturday, you'll have lots more chances coming up. The next community work day will be 10:30am-1pm Saturday 11/10, when we hope to continue preparing the South Lots' perimeter berms for planting.

In the meantime, there's always time to pull more rocks out of the South Lots:

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Volunteers look for solid blocks of granite in the mounds of debris (10/27/12)

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JHU students pick out small pieces of debris from the "lawn" area (10/27/12)

Or learn how to operate a Bobcat digger for the first time:

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